Australia

The Long Search for Australian Identity

 In Australian discussions of current affairs one can often detect an element of doubt that strikes outsiders as odd. It is a vague but powerful amalgam of three overlapping questions: “Who, actually, are we?”; “Where in the world do we belong?” and “By what right do so few of us own this large continent?” It seems curious that this should surface in so many forms and in relation to so wide a spectrum of domestic and foreign relations, from Aboriginal policies at home to refugee issues to the politics of foreign alliance. Not all these questions, or the fears they…

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